Getting the Facts on Minneapolis / St. Paul Liposuction Procedures

Liposuction at Shu Cosmetic in Minneapolis / St. Paul area offers a way to slim down areas of the body that exercise and diet don’t seem to touch. This cosmetic procedure has come a long way from its early days in the 1980s. Today, the basic procedure is to make microscopic incisions and use a long narrow tube to selectively remove fat cells. A good surgeon will use various techniques to get the best results.

Shu Cosmetic Surgery in Minneapolis offers four different types of liposuction:

  • Laser liposuction uses a laser to liquefy the fat cells. The body absorbs the liquefied cells and the treated area is slimmer as a result. This procedure is great for small areas like the chin and neck areas. Because the fat is absorbed back into the body, the doctor cannot use it for re-sculpting other areas of the body.
  • Vaser liposuction uses ultrasound waves to break down and release fat cells. Then the surgeon goes in and removes the loosened cells. This procedure is easier on the body than the traditional procedure. It allows the surgeon to target specific points of fat without leaving uneven areas.
  • AquaShape liposuction is a great option for those who want to remove fat from one location and use it to sculpt another one. The surgeon uses a gentle spray of water to dislodge fat cells. Then using gentle suction, the fat cells become available for injection into other parts of the body. It is a great option for natural breast augmentation and butt lifts.
  • Hi-Def liposuction is a great option for those who want more muscle definition. Those who exercise often get frustrated by small pockets of fat that prevent their muscle definition from showing through. This type of liposuction removes these small pockets and gives the body a better defined shape.

At Shu Cosmetic Surgery, we know that one technique may not be enough for some patients. That is why we look at each case and work out a treatment plan to give each patient their unique look.

Breast Implants in Minneapolis and St. Paul will give you the fuller breasts you desire

Breast implant augmentation in Minneapolis is a procedure that is performed to increase the size of small breasts. Saline and silicone are the two types of material that are used during breast augmentation. The type of material that the doctor recommends will depend on the patient’s needs.

Many women feel self-conscious because their breasts are smaller than they would like them to be. That is why increased confidence is one of the main benefits that can be reaped from getting breast implants. Additionally, women who get breast implants will be able to fill out their clothes better.

Patients will need to arrange for a family member or friend to pick them up after their surgery has been completed. They should also make sure that they have someone who can stay with them for at least 24 hours. Soreness and pain are common. The doctor can also prescribe a medication that can help control the pain. Stitches will typically be removed seven days after the procedure. Swelling is another common side effect of surgery, and it may last up to five weeks. Most patients will be able to return to work seven days after getting their procedure.

Breast Implant augmentation in St. Paul is a very safe procedure, and most patients do not have any serious complications. However, a small percentage of patients have suffered permanent numbness in their breasts, excessive bleeding, implant rupture and nerve damage. People who experience those symptoms should see a doctor as soon as possible.

 

 

General Anesthesia Drives Adverse Events | Minneapolis

The use of general anesthesia in conjunction with cosmetic surgery (e.g. liposuction) has been shown to significantly increase the risk for adverse events in office-based surgery. The new data published in the February issue of Dermatologic Surgery, 2012 (Dermatol Surg. 2012;38:171-179) states that two-thirds of deaths and three-quarters of hospital transfers were performed under general anesthesia as opposed to local anesthesia.

The study, derived from 10-year data from Florida and 6-year data from in Alabama, “confirms trends that have been previously identified in earlier analyses of this data,” write the authors, led by John Starling III, MD, from the Skin Cancer Center, Cincinnati, and the Department of Dermatology, University of Cincinnati, Ohio.

309 adverse events were reported in Florida, consisting of 46 deaths and 263 complications or hospital transfers, the majority of these as a result of cosmetic surgery done under general anesthesia. In Alabama, 52 adverse events were reported, consisting of 3 deaths and 49 complications or hospital transfers. 89% of these had a causal link to general anesthesia, and 42% were cosmetic surgeries. Pulmonary complications, including pulmonary emboli and pulmonary edema, were implicated in many deaths in both states.

Plastic surgeons were linked to nearly 45% of all reported complications in Florida and 42.3% in Alabama, write the researchers. No clear correlation was seen in regards to office accreditation, board certification, or hospital privileges.

According to commentary from C. William Hanke, MD, of the Laser and Skin Surgery Center of Indiana, three patient safety practices he recommends are “(1) Keep the patient awake!… 2) Think twice before supporting a patient’s desire for liposuction that is to be done in conjunction with abdominoplasty under general anesthesia…. 3) [B]e advocates for prospective, mandatory, verifiable adverse event reporting…[that] should include data from physician offices, ambulatory surgical centers, and hospitals to define and quantify problems that can be largely prevented and eliminated.”

The authors and editorialist were especially critical of liposuction done under general anesthesia. “No deaths occurred in the setting of local anesthesia. Liposuction under general anesthesia accounted for 32% of cosmetic procedure-related deaths and 22% of all cosmetic procedure-related complications,” the researchers write.

Dermatol Surg. 2012;38:171-179. Article abstract, Commentary extract.

 



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